Posts Tagged ‘Custom Builds’

Part 01 of this build articles series is a brief overview of the Atas Defiance 265 class FPV Racing Quadcopter. This particular type of RC is new to me and there are many complex systems that make up a complete FPV Racing Quadcopter. This airframe is just one of many elements. This is a learning process and an experiment to understand the full scope of this aerial platform.  (more…)

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CURRENT PROJECT: Atas Defiance 265 class FPV Racing Quad – July 2015

For several months I have been researching an exciting segment of RC’s, FPV Racing Quadcopters. These ballistic aerial vehicles look like military tech. Can reach speeds of over 100km/h, designed to fly hard, fast and low to the ground in between obstacles, with the ability to immerse the operator with the visual sensation that they are actually in the craft all in a package that can fit in a shoebox.  Recently I purchased all the necessary components to build my first FPV Racing Quad. To those who aren’t familiar with what this RC is, here is a brief introduction. (more…)

  • July 2017: Apologies to PROJECT RC Readers! Firstly I would like to thank all the sponsors, subscribers and readers of my blog for your support. I would like to apologise for the recent image outage in my articles. The image hosting site I have been using, ‘Photobucket’ has recently decided that they will no longer host images to websites, blogs, etc unless you pay a ridiculous fee of $500 – This is particularly infuriating since there was no notice given. Since Photobucket has resorted to extortion for their users I will no longer use their services forever. This means that I will have to move all my article images to another platform and embed new coding for all those images which is a real PITA and a lot of work. Anyway I am in the process of doing that so I kindly ask readers to understand the situation and be patient. PROJECT RC article images will soon be operational again.

This ‘How To’ article will describe the particular steps and components I use to build and shim an upgraded RC18T drivetrain using aftermarket and stock components. This drivetrain comprises of upgraded titanium ball differentials, a stock aluminium driveshaft, aftermarket ceramic bearings and stainless steel shims. This article will focus on the installation of the various sub assemblies and the shimming required to create a smooth running and efficient drivetrain. (more…)

This simple ‘How To’ article is a guide as to how to improve the ergonomics of a pistol grip style transmitter by installing rubberised grip tape that is commonly used to wrap bicycle handle bars. There are many types of handle bar grip tape available on the market and other brands besides the one used in this guide can be used. (more…)

  • July 24 2017 – Image Update: Thank you all the sponsors, subscribers and readers of my blog for your support and patience during the recent missing image debacle caused by Photobucket. I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. This article now has all images restored.

This ‘How To’ article will describe the particular steps and components I use to build a modified aluminium steering assembly for the Team Associated RC18T using aftermarket and stock components. Through trial and error I have sourced and tested the best performing components from various manufacturers to build this modified steering assembly which resolves the steering issues associated with the stock standard RC18T steering.

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  • July 23 2017 – Image Update: Thank you all the sponsors, subscribers and readers of my blog for your support and patience during the recent missing image debacle caused by Photobucket. I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. This article now has all images restored. 

This ‘How To’ article will describe the particular steps and components I use to build an upgraded ball differential for the Team Associated RC18T using aftermarket and stock components. Over the years of owning the RC18T I have built several different combinations of this ball differential with varying results. This particular combination is the best assembly I have built to date in terms of reliability, durability and performance. (more…)

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This HPI RS4-3 SS was first built in 2004. This was the second nitro RC car I had built, just when I started to really get into the hobby. (more…)

  • July 2017: Apologies to PROJECT RC Readers! Firstly I would like to thank all the sponsors, subscribers and readers of my blog for your support. I would like to apologise for the recent image outage in my articles. The image hosting site I have been using, ‘Photobucket’ has recently decided that they will no longer host images to websites, blogs, etc unless you pay a ridiculous fee of $500 – This is particularly infuriating since there was no notice given. Since Photobucket has resorted to extortion for their users I will no longer use their services forever. This means that I will have to move all my article images to another platform and embed new coding for all those images which is a real PITA and a lot of work. Anyway I am in the process of doing that so I kindly ask readers to understand the situation and please be patient. PROJECT RC article images will soon be operational again.

CURRENT PROJECT: Team Associated RC18T Modified Custom Build – March 2015

I have had a Team Associated RC18T since they first came out back in 2004 -2005 and absolutely love it. These battery powered models are 1/18 scale. Stock standard models come with simple brushed motors and offer relatively average performance however when upgraded and modified with various brushless systems available in the market these cars can reach well over 80km/h. Their simplicity in installed components and chassis design make it a very durable RC truck. They are relatively simple to build and maintain and are a refreshing change when compared to working on 1/10 or 1/8 scale RC models. (more…)